One of my favorite expression is about being kind to people.
It is true too. This expression should apply to everyone and everywhere, but we can take it to heart in our running. Often times people will see someone running on the street, finishing a race at what some might consider “bad” or see someone who gives it all they have but never got the “runners body.” I will admit all of those apply to me. At my fastest, I could never hit the 4:30 marathon and this is not the shape people think of when they imagine a runner. Yet, I am a runner. I was then and I am now.
Case in point…. Me finishing my first marathon in Philly. You don’t look at this and think, “wow she looks like a runner.”
Now I will say that the people in my inner circle do not think like that (myself included). It’s just not who we are (we are the cheerleaders), but I will admit to sometimes having a mean girl moment or two. I’m not perfect and never claimed to be, but I also know the truth of my favorite expression and try to embrace it. That being said, it really is coming home to me now and maybe it is a much needed lesson.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve started using the run/walk method. Now even though I have bought the Jeff Galloway marathon training book, I’m not fully embracing it. Physically, it’s good. Mentally, I’m having a hard time with it. I want to run and I want to run like I used to. I felt like I was just getting it together and reaching my potential. I might get there again. I might not. Who knows? Besides the hypopara issues, I’m not getting any younger. Statistically speaking I might have already peaked. Although I might not be too upset in 2 years when I hit the next age group that begins with a 5.
Sometimes we put so much internal pressure on ourselves just because we think that we should be doing something a certain way, we suck the joy right out of it. I’m not there, but I could very easily let myself get there if not kept in check. Really, it would be much easier to quit running. The thing is that I like it. I really do. Just not so much in the moment:)
Here’s one other thing, it would be easier to quit. I know that. I’ve thought about deferring Chicago but I honestly believe it I don’t do it this year that I never will. Also I have a secret weapon pushing me along.
My youngest son has been doing Tae Kwon Do. He’s fairly good at it. He has worked his way up to a red belt. He now wants to quit. His reason is that it isn’t fun anymore and boring. Perfectly normal responses from a 10 year old. Here’s the thing though. When I dig a little deeper the truth that this wise mother see’s is that it isn’t as easy for him as it used to be. He isn’t as confident going into a class with other red belts and higher than know the routines that he is trying to learn. I get that. So I am giving him a break for the summer, but I will push him back into it come September.
How can I push him if I don’t push myself? Yes, it would be easier to let him quit but I know one day he might regret it. Yes, I know that it would be easier if I quit but I know for a fact that I would regret it.
If not now, when?
As a parent our kids don’t always listen and sometimes even tune us out. I know say it isn’t so, but it is true. Anyway, they do pay attention to the things we do. My family knows that my running isn’t as “easy” as it used to be. My runs take longer than used to be. I come home more tired and sweaty than I used to, but I’m still getting out there. I may walk. I may run. But I am not giving up. That is the lesson I want them to learn. That is the lesson to learn.